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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: National Journal

2008 Composite Liberal Score

Issues: Liberal
State Office District Name Party Rating
Neil Abercrombie 82%
Gary Ackerman 81%
AL U.S. House 4 Robert Aderholt Republican 23%
Daniel Akaka, Sr. 87%
Todd Akin 3%
TN U.S. Senate Sr Lamar Alexander Republican 22%
Rodney Alexander 28%
Wayne Allard 9%
Thomas Allen 67%
Jason Altmire 50%
Michael Arcuri 58%
Joe Baca, Sr. 65%
Michele Bachmann 10%
Spencer Bachus 29%
Brian Baird 61%
WI U.S. Senate Jr Tammy Baldwin Democratic 91%
WY U.S. Senate Jr John Barrasso Republican 7%
J. Gresham Barrett 3%
John Barrow 48%
Roscoe Bartlett 31%
TX U.S. House 6 Joe Barton Republican 12%
Max Baucus 68%
Evan Bayh 47%
Melissa Bean 50%
CA U.S. House 34 Xavier Becerra Democratic 88%
Bob Bennett 34%
Shelley Berkley 59%
Howard Berman 76%
Marion Berry 60%
NA Vice President Joe Biden, Jr. Democratic 85%
Judy Biggert 36%
Brian Bilbray 22%
FL U.S. House 12 Gus Bilirakis Republican 31%
Jeff Bingaman 88%
UT U.S. House 1 Rob Bishop Republican 10%
GA U.S. House 2 Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democratic 68%
Tim Bishop 77%
TN U.S. House 7 Marsha Blackburn Republican 14%
OR U.S. House 3 Earl Blumenauer Democratic 89%
MO U.S. Senate Jr Roy Blunt Republican 8%
OH U.S. House 8 John Boehner Republican 6%
Kit Bond 15%
Jo Bonner, Jr. 18%
Mary Bono Mack 35%
AR U.S. Senate Sr John Boozman Republican 24%
Dan Boren 47%
Leonard Boswell 71%
Rick Boucher 55%
LA U.S. House 3 Charles Boustany, Jr. Republican 27%
CA U.S. Senate Jr Barbara Boxer Democratic 90%
Allen Boyd, Jr. 54%
Nancy Boyda 57%
TX U.S. House 8 Kevin Brady Republican 13%
PA U.S. House 1 Bob Brady Democratic 93%
Bruce Braley 82%
Paul Broun 3%
FL U.S. House 5 Corrine Brown Democratic 76%
Henry Brown, Jr. 30%
OH U.S. Senate Sr Sherrod Brown Democratic 76%
KS Governor Sam Brownback Republican 24%
Ginny Brown-Waite 29%
FL U.S. House 16 Vern Buchanan Republican 38%
Jim Bunning 10%
TX U.S. House 26 Michael Burgess Republican 17%
NC U.S. Senate Sr Richard Burr Republican 12%
Dan Burton 12%
NC U.S. House 1 G.K. Butterfield, Jr. Democratic 78%
Steve Buyer 30%
Robert Byrd 78%
CA U.S. House 42 Ken Calvert Republican 17%
Dave Camp 24%
John Campbell III 11%
Chris Cannon 6%
Eric Cantor 15%
WA U.S. Senate Jr Maria Cantwell Democratic 81%
WV U.S. Senate Jr Shelley Capito Republican 39%
CA U.S. House 24 Lois Capps Democratic 87%
MA U.S. House 7 Mike Capuano Democratic 77%
MD U.S. Senate Jr Ben Cardin Democratic 86%
Dennis Cardoza 59%
Russ Carnahan 75%
Christopher Carney 50%
DE U.S. Senate Sr Tom Carper Democratic 62%
IN U.S. House 7 André Carson Democratic 81%
TX U.S. House 31 John Carter Republican 12%
PA U.S. Senate Sr Bob Casey, Jr. Democratic 79%
Mike Castle 45%
FL U.S. House 14 Kathy Castor Democratic 85%
Donald Cazayoux, Jr. 48%
OH U.S. House 1 Steve Chabot Republican 32%
Saxby Chambliss 16%
Ben Chandler III 55%
NY U.S. House 9 Yvette Clarke Democratic 85%
MO U.S. House 1 Lacy Clay, Jr. Democratic 84%
MO U.S. House 5 Emanuel Cleaver II Democratic 89%
Hillary Clinton 82%
SC U.S. House 6 Jim Clyburn Democratic 79%
Howard Coble 21%
Thomas Coburn 8%
MS U.S. Senate Sr Thad Cochran Republican 34%
TN U.S. House 9 Steve Cohen Democratic 77%
OK U.S. House 4 Tom Cole Republican 21%
Norm Coleman 39%
ME U.S. Senate Sr Susan Collins Republican 49%
TX U.S. House 11 Mike Conaway Republican 9%
Kent Conrad 65%
MI U.S. House 13 John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 85%
TN U.S. House 5 Jim Cooper Democratic 53%
TN U.S. Senate Jr Robert Corker Republican 22%
TX U.S. Senate Sr John Cornyn Republican 17%
CA U.S. House 16 Jim Costa Democratic 53%
Jerry Costello 69%
CT U.S. House 2 Joe Courtney Democratic 82%
Larry Craig 20%
Robert Cramer 57%
ID U.S. Senate Sr Mike Crapo Republican 17%
NY U.S. House 14 Joe Crowley Democratic 72%
Barbara Cubin 11%
TX U.S. House 28 Henry Cuellar Democratic 52%
TX U.S. House 7 John Culberson Republican 11%
MD U.S. House 7 Elijah Cummings Democratic 85%
Artur Davis 55%
IL U.S. House 7 Danny Davis Democratic 84%
David Davis 18%
Geoff Davis 13%
Lincoln Davis 52%
CA U.S. House 53 Susan Davis Democratic 85%
Thomas Davis III 35%
GA Governor Nathan Deal Republican 14%
OR U.S. House 4 Peter DeFazio Democratic 66%
CO U.S. House 1 Diana DeGette Democratic 76%
Bill Delahunt 90%
CT U.S. House 3 Rosa DeLauro Democratic 85%
James DeMint 8%
PA U.S. House 15 Charlie Dent Republican 40%
Lincoln Diaz-Balart 42%
FL U.S. House 25 Mario Diaz-Balart Republican 41%
Norm Dicks 68%
John Dingell 83%
Chris Dodd 83%
TX U.S. House 35 Lloyd Doggett II Democratic 78%
Elizabeth Dole 39%
Pete Domenici, Jr. 34%
IN U.S. Senate Jr Joe Donnelly, Sr. Democratic 48%
John Doolittle 11%
Byron Dorgan 68%
PA U.S. House 14 Mike Doyle Democratic 89%
Thelma Drake 26%
David Dreier 32%
TN U.S. House 2 John Duncan, Jr. Republican 31%
IL U.S. Senate Sr Dick Durbin Democratic 86%
Chet Edwards 58%
Vern Ehlers 40%
MN U.S. House 5 Keith Ellison Democratic/Farmer/Labor 91%
Brad Ellsworth 48%
IL Mayor At-Large Rahm Emanuel Democratic 73%
Jo Ann Emerson 41%
NY U.S. House 16 Eliot Engel Democratic 71%
Philip English 41%
John Ensign 7%
WY U.S. Senate Sr Mike Enzi Republican 7%
CA U.S. House 18 Anna Eshoo Democratic 84%
Bob Etheridge 70%
Terry Everett 12%
OK Governor Mary Fallin Republican 23%
CA U.S. House 20 Sam Farr Democratic 86%
PA U.S. House 2 Chaka Fattah, Sr. Democratic 86%
Tom Feeney 16%
Russ Feingold 65%
CA U.S. Senate Sr Dianne Feinstein Democratic 81%
Michael Ferguson 36%
Bob Filner 70%
AZ U.S. Senate Jr Jeff Flake Republican 10%
VA U.S. House 4 Randy Forbes Republican 20%
NE U.S. House 1 Jeff Fortenberry Republican 39%
Vito Fossella, Jr. 27%
IL U.S. House 11 Bill Foster Democratic 56%
NC U.S. House 5 Virginia Foxx Republican 4%
Barney Frank 91%
AZ U.S. House 8 Trent Franks Republican 3%
NJ U.S. House 11 Rodney Frelinghuysen Republican 32%
Elton Gallegly 25%
NJ U.S. House 5 Scott Garrett Republican 16%
Jim Gerlach 42%
Gabrielle Giffords 52%
Wayne Gilchrest 51%
Phil Gingrey 5%
TX U.S. House 1 Louie Gohmert Republican 18%
Charlie Gonzalez 69%
Virgil Goode, Jr. 23%
VA U.S. House 6 Bob Goodlatte Republican 16%
Bart Gordon 61%
SC U.S. Senate Sr Lindsey Graham Republican 16%
TX U.S. House 12 Kay Granger Republican 18%
IA U.S. Senate Sr Chuck Grassley Republican 18%
MO U.S. House 6 Sam Graves Republican 30%
TX U.S. House 9 Al Green Democratic 79%
TX U.S. House 29 Gene Green Democratic 52%
Judd Gregg 21%
AZ U.S. House 3 Raúl Grijalva Democratic 93%

How to Interpret these Evaluations

Keep in mind that ratings done by special interest groups often do not represent a non-partisan stance. In addition, some groups select votes that tend to favor members of one political party over another, rather than choosing votes based solely on issues concerns. Nevertheless, they can be invaluable in showing where an incumbent has stood on a series of votes in the past one or two years, especially when ratings by groups on all sides of an issue are compared. Website links, if available, and descriptions of the organizations offering performance evaluations are accessible by clicking on the name of the group.

Most performance evaluations are displayed in a percentage format. However, some organizations present their ratings in the form of a letter grade or endorsement based on voting records, interviews, survey results and/or sources of campaign funding. For consistency and ease in understanding, Project Vote Smart converts all scores into a percentage when possible. Please visit the group's website or call 1-888-VOTESMART for more specific information.

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